Gladys Knight is speaking out about the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and the NFL's handling of players protesting the National Anthem.
After announcing that she will perform the anthem before the Super Bowl next month, the singer released a statement: "I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.
"I am here today and on Sunday, February 3rd to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life.
"I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII."
Knight says she hopes her performance will unite people. (Variety)